An Exclusive report from Reuters said that Trump is planning on requesting $8.6 Billion in funding for his Border Wall from Congress.
President Donald Trump on Monday will ask the U.S. Congress for an additional $8.6 billion to help pay for the wall he promised to build on the southern border with Mexico to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking, officials familiar with his 2020 budget request told Reuters.
The demand is more than six times what Congress allocated for border projects in each of the past two fiscal years, and 6 percent more than Trump has corralled by invoking emergency powers this year.
Anonymous officials from the Trump Administration gave more insight on it
â€œIt gives the president the ability to say he has fulfilled his commitment to gain operational control of the southwest border,â€ an administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said of the budget request.
â€œWe have provided the course of action, the strategy and the request to finish the job. Itâ€™s a question of, will Congress allow us to finish the job,â€ a second administration official said.
It seems like the fight for The Border Wall is actually just beginning. This $8.6 Billion number is much higher than he has asked in the past. This shows me that Trump is planning on playing hardball with these negotiations. By starting high there is plenty of room for him to move while negotiating.
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